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Innovate Birmingham is transforming the local tech scene. Here’s how to get involved.

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Karma Tolliver, a current Data Analytics Participant at Innovate Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Each year, Innovate Birmingham helps meet the demand of a growing regional IT workforce by offering tech bootcamps, professional development training, and supportive services to local talent. The program changes the lives of students, alumni and employers alike—but don’t take our word for it. We spoke with several members of Innovate Birmingham to learn more.

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5 local shops to get extra cozy in silky smooth pajamas

Photo via Soma Intimates’ Facebook

It’s been a year since the beginning of quarantine and I honestly can’t see myself not incorporating lounge wear into my daily routine. If you’re like me and want to up your leisurewear game now that it’s getting warmer, check out these local spots selling silky smooth pajamas.

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3 local artists making stunning stained glass art in Birmingham

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Stained glass ornaments from Sway Design Studio. Photo via Sway Design Studio

Searching for a one-of-a-kind gift? Looking for more local makers to support? These three stained glass artists are creating stunning pieces right here in the Magic City. Keep reading to see photos of their work and to find out how to purchase a piece yourself.

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Gov. Ivey extends mask ordinance to April 9, eases restrictions + announces 1M Alabamians vaccinated

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The statewide mask ordinance is extended until April 9. Photo via Unsplash

Governor Kay Ivey extended the statewide mask mandate to Friday, April 9, but announced it will not be extended further. She also dropped COVID-19 restrictions on nursing homes, summer camps and restaurants.

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Find out what economic developer Ron Kitchens loves about Birmingham, his new home

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Cooking on stage with Vivian Howard of Chef and the Farmer (Kinston, NC) at Catalyst University Leadership Conference. Photo via Ron Kitchens

Ron Kitchens arrived in Birmingham the third week of January. Since he came from Michigan, where he’d lived for almost 20 years, he didn’t mind seeing daffodils blooming already. Now that he’s had a minute to settle in to his new role as head of the Birmingham Business Alliance, we sat down to get to know him better. Here’s what we learned.

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Win a chance to meet Charles Barkley during the Final Pour Bracket starting March 14 + how to get involved!

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A bottle of Redmont Vodka at Dave’s Pub in Five Points South. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Want to win a chance to meet NBA legend Charles Barkley? To celebrate basketball season, Birmingham’s own Redmont Distilling Co. is hosting Charles Barkley’s Final Pour Bracket and giving away some incredible prizes—including a chance to meet Sir Charles himself! Here’s everything you need to know to get in the game.

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5 ways McWane will make your spring rock this March with Spring Break Camp + more

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Teen Volunteer Program. Photo via McWane Science Center/Taken before COVID-19

Has a long winter left you feeling blah? This March, McWane Science Center is ready to put some pep in your step with exciting programs and activities like Spring Break Camp and Women in STEM. Scroll on for even more ways McWane will rock your spring.

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BREAKING: Legion FC to take on Atlanta United FC on March 28 at BBVA Field

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Birmingham Legion FC at BBVA Field. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Hammer Down Birmingham! Our beloved pro soccer team, Legion FC, announced today that it will welcome Atlanta United FC back to kick off its 2021 season with a preseason friendly on Sunday, March 28, at 3:30 pm CT at BBVA Field. 

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Get the latest on Birmingham’s upcoming Urban Supply development

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The future of Parkside in downtown Birmingham. Rendering via Urban Supply

Urban Supply is changing the face of Parkside in Birmingham, bringing 100,000 square feet of retail, office and fitness spaces as well as restaurants and bars to the area. See what’s there, what’s happening and what’s coming to the coming-soon development that just broke ground.

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New music festival, Euphonious, coming to Birmingham June 18-20

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Moon Taxi performing at Iron City in 2015. Moon Taxi will be returning to Birmingham to play at the inaugural Euphonious concert this year. Photo via Moon Taxi on Facebook

For Birminghamians who miss the likes of City Stages and Sloss Fest, hope is on the way. From June 18th to the 20th, big-name acts like Moon Taxi and Drew + Ellie Holcomb will take to the stage at Euphonious, a brand-new music festival hosted at the Birmingham Zoo. Here’s what we know so far.

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10+ car charging stations around the Birmingham metro area

UAB charging station. Photo via UAB Sustainability

Electric vehicles are on the come up in Alabama. Manufacturing plants dedicated to electric vehicles are coming to the state soon and with this rise, we’re going to need to charge up somewhere. Here’s where to find car charging stations around Birmingham.

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Alabama moves up nationally in biodiversity, according to BSC scientist

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North Alabama cubbies. Photo by Hannah Leeper

Don’t you love it when a new blog by a respected scientist makes an announcement that makes you proud to live in Alabama. 

Earlier this week, according to the first post in his new blog, Birmingham-Southern College professor Dr. Scot Duncan revealed that he had crunched the numbers and — drumroll please… 

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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day Thursday, March 4 with 7 Birmingham businesses

You ALREADY know we have to kick off the guide with Birmingham-famous Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

If you’ve never visited these Birmingham bakeries and restaurants, it’s butter late than never to get there on National Poundcake Day. We like big bundts and we can not lie, so go ahead and give these places a try.

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Forest Service adds critical 40 acres to the Sipsey Wilderness

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Sipsey River running through the newly protected 40 acres within the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo via Conservation Fund

One of the last two private inholdings of land within the Sipsey Wilderness of Bankhead National Forest is now officially protected, according to an announcement by the USDA Forest Service and The Conservation Fund.

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